"The Assistant"
Season 2
Episode 2
Air Date September 30, 1997
The Experiment · Old Boyfriends
"The Assistant" is the second episode of the second season. It originally aired on September 30, 1997.


Maya struggles with her incompetent assistant, Cindy. Jack and Maya clash over whether to fire Cindy; Maya likens Jack's intolerance of Cindy to his intolerance of an unruly dog Maya had when she a child. Nina is invited to appear on NPR to debate against a feminist leader about whether the fashion industry creates false and harmful images for women. Elliot and Dennis conspire to sabotage Nina's preparatory study of erudite vocabulary.



  • Laura San Giacomo as Maya Gallo
  • George Segal as Jack Gallo
  • Wendie Malick as Nina Van Horn
  • Enrico Colantioni as Elliot DiMauro
  • David Spade as Dennis Finch


  • Cheri Oteri as Cindy
  • Cathy Ladman Ruth Caruso
  • Larry Miller as Emerson Gray